The capital city of Bavaria, a region in the south-east of Germany, is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. Munich is a sprawling and beautiful city, with fine architecture and an abundance of culture, including outstanding museums and art galleries, world-class theatres and opera houses, and a thriving literature and movie scene. The city is probably best-known for its Oktoberfest beer festival; but there is far more to Munich than this annual celebration of German music, food and drink.
Munich is a vibrant city and is home to around 1.5 million people, many of whom come from outside the city for work. Founded by Benedictine monks, it has a long and illustrious history. It sustained serious damage in the Second World War, but has since been painstakingly rebuilt. As a result, the architecture in this affluent city is of an extremely high quality and there is much for tourists to admire.
If you only have a couple of days to spend in Munich, you'll be able to get a decent glimpse of what this city has to offer. But it's worth renting a holiday apartment in Munich for a little longer to truly experience the city and make a couple of day trips further into Bavaria.
Here are some of Munich's key sights and attractions:
Marienplatz Square - This is the heart of the city and houses both the Old and New City Halls. Once a market place, it is now a bustling pedestrian area with an important underground railway station beneath the surface.
National Theatre - This is the home of the Bavarian State Opera and Bavarian State Ballet. Located in Max-Joseph-Platz - a large square in central Munich - the current theatre opened in 1963 and was built in the style of the original 19th century theatre.
Amalienburg - This unique former hunting lodge was built in the 18th century in the Rococo style. A large Hall of Mirrors is located on the ground floor, while other rooms feature wood carvings, paintings and Dutch tiles. The building itself is set in the attractive grounds of the Nymphenburg Palace Park.
BMW Welt and BMW Museum - If you're remotely interested in cars, then be sure to visit the heart of the BMW brand during your trip to Munich. There are exhibitions, a driving simulator, and plenty for youngsters to discover.
Germany's second busiest airport, Munich International Airport, is located 18 miles north-east of the city. It offers flights to a wide range of destinations, both within Europe and further afield. Getting to Munich itself from the airport is easy thanks to suburban train connections. Some tourists arrive at Memmingen Airport, which is often advertised as a gateway to Munich. However, be aware that this airport is approximately 70 miles away from Munich, making the journey to the city significantly longer.
Munich tends to be warmest in July and coldest in January. Its weather can fluctuate quite rapidly, meaning that conditions can be unpredictable. And with the spring and summer bringing regular thunderstorms, it's always worth carrying an umbrella!
If you're planning a trip to Germany, why not take a look at our holiday apartments in Munich? We offer high quality accommodation in key central locations that is often much more affordable than staying in a hotel.
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